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Hawkins’ Family Garden

The 50 hectare (124 acres) Hawkins’ Family Garden extends beyond Mayfield, is breathtaking in its design and expanse. The Hawkins’ Family Garden consists of the following areas:

Main House Garden – this great Garden includes some design elements, such as the geometric features of the English Box Hedge Maze. The Mayfield Maze is one of the largest of its kind in Australia; the central crows nest is the goal – challenging for all ages! The only catch is; You have to make it to the exit. The Parterre is a large symmetrical planting also lined with a low English Box hedge, with clouds of Summer flowering French Lavender. The perfume from the flowering lavender is intoxicating in Summer.

Other features include;

  • A cut flower garden with Dahlias, Zinnias, Poppies, Delphiniums, Lilies, Hollyhocks, Lupins to name a few.
  • A sculptured wavy Thuja spp hedge
  • Espaliered Camellia sasanqua and Manchurian Pear
  • A stumpery amongst a pine forest with an understory of Rhododendrons and ferns
  • Fastigiate Oak lined driveway
  • A chicken house is affectionately locally known as “The Chook Hilton”, with a copper roof, gutters, and louvred windows to protect the spoilt chickens. Their eggs are served down at the Mayfield Café. The Main House Garden includes numerous edible garden areas which include;
    • A fruit orchard consisting of apple, pear, fig, quince, mulberry and stone fruit plantings
    • A Nuttery consisting of walnuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts and almonds
    • A Gravenstein apple arbour
    • A brick-walled seasonal vegetable garden with espalier pears and figs. The brick wall is designed to be a heat bank and offers protection for the plantings. This extends the growing season and protects the plants in cold weather.
    • A glasshouse with potted citrus and a collection of Cymbidium orchards.

Formal Garden

  • Rose Garden with Old World, Hybrid Tea, David Austin and Carpet Roses comprising a kaleidoscope of colour and featuring a Crepuscule Noisette peach coloured rose, which frames a series of constructed chain windows with a view of the landscape.
  • The arbour of scented lilac to white coloured flowering wisteria leads to a Croquet Court of Bent Grass, enveloped by a brick wall covered on both sides with climbing Hydrangea Petiolaris. A parterre of English Box Hedge surrounds the dense planting of Rosemary, an Islamic-influenced pond, and the Italian Pencil Pine (Cupressus sempervirens Nitschke’s needle).
  • The Heath and Heather Garden consists of a collection of Erica and Calluna species planted around architecturally shaped conifer species of contrasting texture, shape and colour.
  • The Rhododendron Dell includes a large collection of Rhododendron species.

Creek & Lake Garden Beds

  • The Creek Garden Beds are accessed by grass pathways. The gardens are informal and are positioned on either side of a natural creek, under an Oak canopy, and with a planting of a shrub layer of Philadephus, Lilac, Hydrangea, Cotinus and Exchorda, and ground covering Euphorbia.
  • The Lake and Boardwalk garden beds are mass planted with a variety of Rhododendron and Mollis Azaleas.
  • The Garden Rooms are lush and charming garden areas overlooking Mayfield Lake (where you can make use of free row boats during our Autumn, Spring, and Summer festival periods). A colourful deciduous foliage canopy is designed to provide dappled light in all seasons with a selection of understory shrubs such as Pieris, Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Daphne and a variety of Magnolias.

While the 16-hectare Mayfield Garden is an all season garden and we are open 363 days of the year (closed 25 and 26 December). The Hawkins family opens their private garden to visitors every season, during the following festival periods.


 

FULL ACCESS TO THE HAWKINS’ FAMILY GARDEN

THE WINTER FESTIVAL – July 6-21, 2019
THE SPRING FESTIVAL – October 6-27, 2019

THE SUMMER FESTIVAL – January 11-27, 2020
THE AUTUMN FESTIVAL – April 10- May 3, 2020

A complimentary shuttle bus and garden tour operates continuously throughout the seasonal festivals, making a loop of the garden, with multiple drop-off/pick-up stops along the way.

Please note, while we have made many improvements at Mayfield Garden to make it more accessible to people in wheelchairs, prams, or using other mobility devices (such as the opening of the Camellia Walk in 2018), there are parts of the Hawkins Family Garden (only open during our seasonal festivals) that are not wheelchair accessible. Some of these paths include walking on lawns and potential hills. If you’re concerned at all about your group getting around, please speak with someone from our team about the best access route to follow so that you can enjoy your time in the garden.

We recommend arriving when we open at 9 am and give yourself a minimum of 4 hours during the Spring and Autumn Festivals. The last garden entry is 3 pm and 4pm in Spring Festival, and the garden closes at 4:30 pm and 5.30pm in Spring Festival.


During Summer, Spring and Autumn Festivals guests can also go rowing around the spectacular Mayfield Lake. Please visit our Festival Pages below for more details, pricing, and to book your entry tickets.

16 Hectares of Mayfield Garden open 363 days a year

Public Garden Map

All 65 hectares of the Hawkins's Family Garden open - including the Mayfield Maze

Private and Public Gardens at Mayfield

35 Hectares of the Hawkins' Family Garden open - including the Parterre

Limited Private Garden Map